On this day: Andy Murray beats Gilles Simon for second Masters 1000 crown


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On this day: Andy Murray beats Gilles Simon for second Masters 1000 crown

Andy Murray claimed his first Masters 1000 crown in Cincinnati 2008, playing on a very high level in those months and seeking another notable title in Madrid where he played as the fourth seed. It was the last edition of the Madrid Masters on an indoor hard surface, switching to clay and May from 2009 and clearing space for Shanghai that took that October place in the calendar ahead of Paris.

Novak Djokovic fell in the third round in two tie breaks against Ivo Karlovic, leaving Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Gilles Simon to reach the semis and stay on the title course. Simon took down Nadal in a thrilling clash that lasted for more than three and a half hours, advancing into the final against Murray who toppled Roger Federer to notch the second consecutive final at this level.

On October 19, the Briton ousted the Frenchman 6-4, 7-6 in an hour and 35 minutes for the back-to-back Masters 1000 crowns after another masterclass performance. Andy had more winners and fewer errors, having the edge in both the shortest and more extended rallies to leave the opponent behind and lift the trophy.

Dropping only 18 points behind the initial shot, Murray never had to play against break points, converting one out of four chances on the return to take the opener and claiming the crucial points in the second set and become the last champion at this venue.

After four powerful holds on both sides, Murray earned a break that sent him 3-2 up, holding at 15 with a smash winner to cement the break and blasting four winners at 5-3 to secure the opener in a great style after swift 34 minutes.

Both players served well in set number two before the tie break where Andy moved 3-2 up with a backhand winner, landing another forehand winner for a 4-3 advantage before Simon placed a perfect running forehand down the line winner to move 5-4 ahead.

Facing two set points at 4-6, Murray remained calm to erase them, hitting a return winner at 6-6 to earn a match point that he converted to seal the deal and celebrate the second Masters 1000 title in a row.